A podcast for singing enthusiasts who want to create positive change in both their lives and their voices hosted by vocal coach, vocalist and entrepreneur Gemma Sugrue.
7. How to Stick To A Daily Vocal Practice
This week's challenge:
*Step 1:* Think of one habit you’d like to add to your day that would take less than 5 minutes and is easy to do. Example - take my vitamins, floss my teeth, do 5 squats, water my plants, drink a glass of water first thing in the morning..
*Step 2:* Find another existing behaviour of yours and put your new habit AFTER it. Example after I brush my teeth I will floss. After I switch on the coffee machine I will do 5 squats. The existing behaviour is your prompt.
*Step 3:* You need to celebrate immediately after by saying yay, go me, well done, wohoo or anything that makes you feel good. Emotions create habits, if your brain associates a positive emotion with doing a behaviour it’s going to want to repeat it.
DM me on instagram any questions or comments! @gemmasugrue
6. Feedback - How to deliver it and receive it
Invite 3 people you trust to offer you a suggestion for improvement that they think would be of benefit to you. Do not defend or explain, simply listen and thank them for their honesty. Good luck! DM me your stories @gemmasugrue on Instagram.
5. Becoming the Artist of Your Dreams
In today’s episode I'm talking to anyone who wants to have a career as an original music artist OR someone who has established a career already and maybe you've hit a wall, you want to change things up, restart or even start over, blank page!
EXERCISE (Timecode: 8mins 50seconds)
So you're looking into the future, 2 years from now, October 2022. The phone rings and you're expecting some REALLY GOOD NEWS in relation to your artist career. Who is this call from? And what do they say? Pause audio, ponder and pen to paper.
It's a Thursday, you're packing your bags to go on tour for the next month. You're about to open for an amazing act and your manager thinks their audience will become instant fans of yours! Who is the act that you are opening up for? Pause, ponder and pen to paper.
You're looking at everything you packed to make sure you've included all of your live show outfits. Describe your favourite one. Pause, ponder and pen to paper.
You've been nominated for an award this year so you're going to have to take a two day break from the tour to accept it.
1. Who is the awarding body?
2. What is the category? (single of the year, best soundtrack, best music video, best live performance, best country single?)
3. Who are the other nominees?
- get specific!!! Pause, ponder and pen to paper.
A multi-platinum artist attended a live performance from your last tour and they want you to write for them. Who is the artist? Pause, ponder and pen to paper.
You sit down on your bed, tired from packing and go on to your instagram DMs to read some messages from your fans who will be at the shows coming up. Write down one of the messages from a fan and describe the fan - Age/Gender/Interests/Personality/Adversity/Career/School Take a few mins, pause me and pen to paper.
You're sending a pump it up! message to your band/production whatsapp group. Who is in this group? What kind of line-up are you touring with? Pause, ponder and pen to paper. (it’s so exciting I can’t wait for you to do this tour!
4. My 4 Cs Roadmap to Your Vocal Warm-Up
4 Cs Checklist
Centre, Condition, Connect & Co-Ordinate
Tiny Habits BJ Fogg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRJUwQW_3Gs (straw phonation video series)
3. Protect the Asset
My top ten tips for voice users who want to prevent vocal fatigue. These tips apply to teachers, singers, speakers and anyone who wants to take good care of their precious voice and themselves!
*Some links from the show*
The Singing Straw: https://singingstraw.com/
Jar of Feelings: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Feelings-Jar-Free-Spirit-Publishing/dp/1575429136
Vocology in Practice: https://vocologyinpractice.com/
Voiceworks Studio: www.voiceworksstudio.ie
2. The Pros and Cons of Online Singing Lessons
Singing Lessons on Skype - My World Tour
Kim Chandler http://www.kimchandler.com/
Ian Davidson http://www.ianjdavidson.com/
Chris Johnson https://www.chrisjohnsonvocalcoach.com/
Alex Kariotis https://www.alexanderkariotis.com/
Daniel Formica https://www.yourvocalteacher.com/singing-lessons/
Low Latency Video/Audio Tool